Seto Surya (White Sun)
(Nepal/ 2016/ 89 Mins)
Dir. Deepak Rauniyar
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1st April | 02:00 PM
Stein Auditorium

Synopsis:  When his father dies, former anti-regime partisan Chandra must travel to his remote mountain village after nearly a decade away. Little Pooja is anxiously awaiting to see the man she thinks is her father for the first time. But she’s confused when Chandra arrives with Badri, a young street orphan rumoured to be his son. She tries to calm her mother Durga, the old man‘s caretaker, after the angry woman is excluded from preparing the body for funeral rites because tradition does not allow women to participate. Chandra‘s arrival is more awkward than he expected due to a complication with removing his father‘s body from home.

He and Durga struggle with an unspoken pain that prevents any reconciliation. To make matters worse, Chandra must face his brother Suraj, who was on the opposing side during the civil war. The two brothers cannot put aside political feelings while carrying their father‘s body down the steep mountain path to the river for cremation. Suraj storms off in a rage, leaving Chandra with no other men strong enough to help. Under pressure from the village elders, Chandra must seek help from outside the village to obey the rigid caste and discriminatory gender traditions he fought to eliminate during the war. Young children Pooja and Badri tag along as Chandra searches for a solution in neighboring villages. The unlikely trio search for help among the police, guests at a local wedding, and rebel guerrillas.

Suitable for 18 years and above

  • Cast: Dayahang Rai, Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Sumi Malla, Amrit Pariyar, Sarada Adhikari, Deepak Chhetri, Deshbhakta Khanal, Ganesh Munal, Pramod Agrahari Moutse Gurung Pramila Tulachan
  • Screenplay: Deepak Rauniyar and David Barker
  • Producer: Deepak Rauniyar, Joslyn Barnes, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa and Michel Merkt
  • Cinematography: Mark O‘Fearghail
  • Editing: David Barker
  • Sound: Jaap Sijben
  • Music: Vivek Maddala
  • Awards: Silver Screen Award-Best Asian Feature Film – Singapore International Film Festival | Interfilm Award-Venice Film Festival (2016)
  • Festivals: Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and Bangalore International Film Festival

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